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SHAKE DOWN CRUISE 2012 + Early Bass ~~~~ 4-16-12

After hooking up with my 1st bass yesterday with the Yak.

Couldn't wait to do the shakedown cruise this year..

in years past the it was 3 or so trips of just cruising no fish around yet..but this year I had a good shot @ fish + the Cruise..

to the water @ 7:20am

1st time towing with my new rig..did very well.. but the aftermarket under slung hitch is lower that the old truck by an 1" -- seemed to make launching easier..
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Air ~ BEAU-T-FUL Day ~ 60 in the am ---75+ by Noon..smelled like summer
Wind ~ SW @ 10-15 + Breezy - gusty @ times - kept me nice and cool in the VEry bright sun
Water - 50 @ the ramp AM...56-57
High ~ 8:30am
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Started right up - under way 7:30.

Ramp water still cool upon arrival but much warmer than past years @ this time.
Everything still very brown...The water is ultra crystal clear..so much so, I was raising the motor because the bottom looked so close ..but it was 5 ft+ of water...

began to poke around looking for Bass...or Bait.. not much on the bait front from what I could mark or see – I could see it was going to be one those search casting days... 1000 casts per hit.

I was right... took about 100 casts before I had my first bite and fish (17”) – picked up on an opposite the wind cast..for a slower presentation..... good to break the ice and get the stink on the lure..

didn't take long to get another micro bass (10-20 casts later )– had a 15” ..

10 more casts missed bite...another 30 casts another missed bump ...then nada for the next 1-2 hours..
Boat was Drifting perfectly too...perfect speed..

Made a big move to spot I rarely fish...1st pass..Had a hit ...then another – following the lure.. and another...very little...followed it back to the boat – a school of micros taking Flashing runs at it..
casted back up and hook another micro.. 15”

a few more drifts by for nada.....went for the Cruise portion after that.... stopped when I marked some fish in a deeper part of the Bay – but no touches.
Cruised on ...headed for port @ 1pm.. to Fix the Trailer rollers

took me about 1 hr to do 2 of the three rollers...I think this 1st time in 8+yrs that all three are functioning @ the same time...probably not for long...
Fixed the Trailer lights and Transducer bracket as well so far...Bow light is non functioning again ( ever season this thing gives me trouble) other than that shakedown went well - had one opps moment of the day when I ran into the very edge of the lift gate glass while it was up.. Put a huge gash in my sunglass lens..saving my eye..lucky me..$worth the $ 10 glasses.. Popeye for real....

99% ready to go for the Season
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Total:
3 Short Bass ( 17”, 15” 15”)
5-6 missed hits
2 new Trailer rollers
1 new transducer bracket
1 new triple trailer light
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can't wait till the Birds start diving and screaming...


pd








posted by pdspeh69 at 11:12 AM | 2 comments

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pdspeh69 said...

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04/17/2012 11:13 AM

pdspeh69 said...

Long Run Shaft:
purchased on ebay 4-12-13
$6.14 each
Ebayer: wholesale-marine.

Manufacturer:
TIE DOWN

Mfg Part Number:

86031

Product SKU:

T-D-86031

04/17/2013 09:15 AM


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